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Poster: binderc Date: Mar 11, 2009 2:47pm
Forum: audio Subject: Digitizing LPs at the Archive!

Hello everyone,
Because I know so many of you are avid music fans with a lot of combined expertise on the subject, I thought I would pick your brains about how some of you have decided to digitize LPs.
We are delving into this process over at the Archive, and right now we are creating a process to try to perfect LP digitization so that we are able to take on large collections of LPs and archive them for future generations.

I would love anyone's input on the following matters:
--What sort of software do you use when you are digitizing? We are currently using Audacity, an open-source software. Does anyone have opinions on this software?
--What equipment have you found to be the most efficient for digitization of vinyl? Why?
--As a user, what sort of metadata would you like to see attached to a digitized record?

Thank you for your input! Internet Archive is constantly improved because of users' feedback, and we can't thank you all enough for your help building the Archive!

Take care,

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Poster: Samizdat Date: Mar 27, 2009 11:35am
Forum: audio Subject: Reply: Digitizing LPs at the Archive!

On the question of analog to digital transfer, I would recommend robust debate and and a healthy degree of bench testing toward which route(s) to take, as, for instance, Sanju Chiba and his ELP laser turntable deserves study. A mailing list exchange of The Audio Archive's Eric Jacobs' detailing bench testing of the ELP is very instructive.

As to the metadata question, the ogg-FLAC file format (extension .oga) would be useful for many things, timed lyrics not least. (more on helpful things for persons with disabilities below)

As for the Archive in general: Sphinx-friendly (voice recognition technology) pages so impaired folk could more easily navigate the site and its rich content, including the coming LP archive; pages which hewed to WCAG accessibility standards and scored high in TAW testing would put the Internet Archive, though already an excellent resource, head and shoulders above most of the rest.

This post was modified by Samizdat on 2009-03-27 18:35:59